Nottingham Forest are facing an investigation after their fans allegedly sang a common chant aimed at Chelsea that should have been banned from the game long ago.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Wilfredo Caballero of Chelsea makes a save during the FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Nottingham Forest fans have been accused of homophobic chanting in their FA Cup game against Chelsea which they lost 2-0 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

It is, sadly, not uncommon to hear renditions of ‘Chelsea rent boys’ shouted out no matter who the Blues are facing but it seems we have finally reached a breaking point when it comes to offensive chants.

“We have received reports of alleged homophobic chanting by Nottingham Forest supporters at Chelsea,” said a spokesperson for Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination campaign group. “We have passed those on to the FA and offered our support in any possible investigation.”

Just last month a Chelsea fan was fined almost £1,000 and given a three-year ban from football for homophobic abuse aimed at Brighton during a game in December. This was a story we heard little about until now even though there has been a spate of charges in relation to racist chanting as authorities finally move to get a handle on the abuse the flows from the terraces freely.

The ‘rent boy’ chant has been around longer than Roman Abramovich’s investment in Chelsea but his money saw a revival in the abusive ‘song’ that has been highlighted as offensive by LGBTQ+ groups for many years.